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Greater utilization, duration of symptom-free waiting periods found among athletes with concussion

Recently published results showed greater utilization and longer duration of symptom-free waiting periods among athletes who sustained a concussion, as well as a longer withholding period from sports, compared with previously published data.

Researchers extracted data for 143 contact and collision sport athletes from a larger perspective study that followed athletes with a sport-related concussion across 13 institutions in south-eastern Wisconsin from 2012 to 2014.

Results showed a symptom-free waiting period was used in 99.3% of athletes. Researchers found a mean self-reported symptom duration of 6.35 days. Within 1 week of injury, 72.7% of patients reported symptom recovery. Researchers noted symptom recovery was reported by 93.7% of patients within 2 weeks and by 99.3% of patients within 30 days. Results showed a low rate of same-season repeat concussion, at 3.8%, which was similar to or lower than the overall rate of concussion of 4.3%. After initial injuries, five same-season repeat concussions occurred at a range of 8 days to 42 days, according to results. – by Casey Tingle

Disclosures: This work was supported by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. The REDCap electronic database service used for the study was supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH.

Recently published results showed greater utilization and longer duration of symptom-free waiting periods among athletes who sustained a concussion, as well as a longer withholding period from sports, compared with previously published data.

Researchers extracted data for 143 contact and collision sport athletes from a larger perspective study that followed athletes with a sport-related concussion across 13 institutions in south-eastern Wisconsin from 2012 to 2014.

Results showed a symptom-free waiting period was used in 99.3% of athletes. Researchers found a mean self-reported symptom duration of 6.35 days. Within 1 week of injury, 72.7% of patients reported symptom recovery. Researchers noted symptom recovery was reported by 93.7% of patients within 2 weeks and by 99.3% of patients within 30 days. Results showed a low rate of same-season repeat concussion, at 3.8%, which was similar to or lower than the overall rate of concussion of 4.3%. After initial injuries, five same-season repeat concussions occurred at a range of 8 days to 42 days, according to results. – by Casey Tingle

Disclosures: This work was supported by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. The REDCap electronic database service used for the study was supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH.